It was a match that wasn’t short of entertainment. In the space of 19 minutes The Shaymen went from being down 2-0 and the game seemingly out of reach to 4-2 and cruising.
The away side took the lead through Sam Walker after they were awarded a penalty in the opening ten minutes of the match. The Ammies then doubled their lead midway through the first-half courtesy of Mike Phenix, and they looked very good for their lead going into the break.
Billy Heath’s side came out in the second half and made easy work of the Greater Manchester side, as new signing Daniel Nti kick started Halifax’s revival ten minutes after the restart, before Liam King scored two minutes later to get his side back of level terms. Just under 15 minutes later and Matty Kosylo put The Shaymen in front for the first time, and three minutes Adam Morgan scored the fourth, and the winner, in a remarkable turnaround at the MBi Shay.
Liam King played a pivotal role in the dramatic comeback despite only coming on as a substitute at half-time. The midfielder has come off the bench in the last two matches against Chorley and Tamworth, King knows he needs to keep up the consistency if he is to get back into the starting 11…
“I’ve come on in the last two games and done really well, I’m feeling a lot sharper than I have done in recent games, it’s been a long time coming and that’s what I’m about really. I need to show that a bit more in the next few games if I get in the side from the start.”
The game was tied at 2-2 with The Shaymen in the ascendancy and looking get in front for the first time in the match, but against the run of play, The Ammies got a corner and if it wasn’t for King’s clearance on the line from a powerful Salford header then we could have been talking about a completely different score line…
“That’s football isn’t it, I was on the post and I just anticipated the Salford player heading it in that area and I managed to get it off the line. It could have gone either way, the other side of me but I was in the right place at the right time.”
After that impressive victory Billy’s side move up back into the play-offs on goal difference at the expense of their last opponents. Liam knows exactly how much football can change and a string of good results can change the whole complexity and atmosphere around a club…
“It was only three-four game ago we were getting slaughtered so we’re in the play-offs now. We’ve got to all stick together and get behind the lads like they did today and see where we can go with it.”
FC Halifax Town will host Stockport County at the MBi Shay on Saturday 28st January, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.
You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.
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